How to prepare to move to LA for a new job

A new job is an exciting prospect, especially if it means moving to a new city like LA.

There is nothing more empowering than the feeling of getting that sought-after job in your dream city. You’re probably so excited to start your new position that you are imagining your new life in the City of Angels.

There is nothing more empowering than the feeling of getting that sought-after job in your dream city. You’re probably so excited to start your new position that you are imagining your new life in the City of Angels.

However, moving from across the state or country can give rise to stress as well as excitement. And, this is especially true if you’re bringing along your family and pets. You need to organize and pack up your current home. You want to find the perfect new house or apartment but are limited by time and money. It can all add up.

So, to help you feel more prepared for your move to LA and tame some of the worries you may be feeling, here are a few tips to guide you through the process.

Prepare your finances

The first thing you need to think about is money. Your new job may well be a financial step-up, but that doesn’t change how much money you have for the move.

It is important to be mindful of your current finances and not let yourself get carried away with the fantasy of your future paycheck. Plus, real estate in LA is notoriously expensive.

Remember that any move – even one that will result in more money – is a costly process. There is hiring moving vans, paying real estate agent fees and much more to be considered. It all adds up, and if you have a break in your income during the move, not being careful with your money will have an even bigger impact.

So, it is important to be frugal and save up as much money as you can in the time before the move. There are many resources online that can help you save money in the best way for you and your family.

Prepare your family

While you may be excited about the move, your family might not feel the same. Sure, LA is a wonderful city, but moving away from friends and extended family can be difficult, especially for children.

So, it is important that you take special care in telling the kids the news and helping them prepare for this new stage in your lives.

It is important that you don’t make the mistake of putting of telling them before you start packing. If they walk in on you packing up the basement, they’re going to not only be shocked about the new move but also about you not telling them about it.

You want to convey that the move to LA is a good thing, so make sure you are upbeat when you tell them. If they seem unsure, tell them just why you’re excited and why they should be too. And, if all else fails, remember that LA is home to Disneyland and Universal Studios.

To ease the transition, research and find therapists in Los Angeles who specialize in family and children’s counseling. This way, you can provide support to them as they adjust to the new environment and deal with their emotions effectively.

Prepare to find your new home

House or apartment hunting is a difficult task in any city, but with the fast-paced and highly competitive market in LA, it can be even more tricky. And, if your career requires that you move home regularly, you may prefer to rent, which puts you in even more of a fast-paced market.

However, if you are patient, you will find the perfect home for you and your family. While the Los Angeles renting market can feel overwhelming (as you are likely to lose at least one or two apartments you’ve fallen in love with), there is a solution in furnished homes.

Furnished apartments Los Angeles mean that you can move in straight away, which can be a relief after a long search. If you think a furnished apartment would suit you, Blueground offers beautiful apartments in all the best areas of LA, including Downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, that come ready with premium amenities like Smart TVs.

They even offer pet-friendly apartments, so if you and your family have a furry friend, they will also be welcome in these elegantly furnished homes.

If you are looking for a house in LA and are struggling to find the perfect place, furnished apartments could be the perfect solution. They will allow you to keep your things in storage while you search for a house local to where you are staying.

Prepare to love LA

Once you’ve taken care of your finances, your family and your new lovely home, the only thing left to do is relax and enjoy this new chapter of your life. After all, you’re starting a new job in one of the best cities in the USA, so you deserve to celebrate.

Treat you and your family to a meal out to celebrate this new adventure you are embarking on, and don’t forget to make use of all LA has to offer with a fun, family day out once you’re settled into your new home!

Photo by Joseph Ngabo